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The Benefits of an Automated Pool System


Like it or love it, it looks like automation is here to stay and is revolutionising the way every day people are taking care of their pools and spas.

Pool owners are demanding more and more automation, especially for pools equipped with multiple accessories, such as an integrated spa, in floor cleaning, water features, heating, swim jets and multicoloured LED lights.

The benefits of automating your pool are numerous. Here’s just a few:

Simplify maintenance
The main advantage to automating your pool is the whole process becomes much simpler. You have control at your fingertips and turn on the spa or heating or lights with the push of a button.

Save money on energy bills
How many times have you accidentally left some of your pool equipment running for longer than they needed to be? Having pumps, pool lights, and chlorinators on timers controlled by an automation system means they will only be running for as long as they need to be, saving you on associated energy costs.

The prevalence of multi-speed and variable speed pumps also lends itself to automation, as these devices can require a sophisticated control system to manage the speed and flow of the pump, maximising your energy savings without sacrificing the enjoyment of your pool

Complete control of pool temperature

Whether you heat your pool with solar, heat pumps or gas heaters, automated systems offer integrated pool heating functionality across the board.
This gives you the ability to check and control pool/spa water temperature and outside air temperature on screen from the convenience of your home.
You can also reduce heating costs by utilising integrated commands that maximise the use of free energy from the sun before activating conventional forms of heating, such as a heat pump or gas heater.

Save time and effort in continuous maintenance work
it can be quite time consuming to manage all the bits and pieces that go into making sure your pool is in running order. An automation system essentially does the hard work for you, such as turning on and off pumps, dosing your pool with sanitiser and monitoring the water chemistry.

Although installing an automated system definitely makes pool and spa care much easier, it is important to remember that you cannot simply ‘set and forget’. You will still need to check everything is running smoothly; this is, of course, much less time consuming than what you would be doing without an automation system!

Prevent damage to your pool and its equipment

When you let your pool maintenance slip by the wayside, you may find that your pool becomes host to a myriad of issues that could include anything from incorrect water balance, inadequate sanitisation, to a green pool.
These problems can, in turn, cause damage to your pool’s surface and its equipment. If your pool is constantly monitored and dosed with a sanitiser and has its pH monitored and controlled by means of automation, it is unlikely that these issues would occur in the first place, preventing damage.

What’s available?

Waterco’s AquaMaster Pool and Spa Automation system is a wall mounted panel that enables users to control their pool’s pump, filter, heater, cleaner, lighting and water features with the touch of a button.

The wall-mount touchscreen control panel can be operated from indoors, allowing homeowners to easily manage pool, spa and ancillary functions such as pump, filter, heater, cleaner, landscape lighting and water features.

An easy-to-navigate LCD screen automates and operates filtration equipment, while allowing one-touch switching between pool, pool and spa and spa modes. It gives users the ability to check outside air temperature and pool and spa water temperature, as well as monitoring equipment status.

The system can help reduce power bills through automated management of energy saving pumps and LED coloured lights. Energy costs can also be reduced with integrated commands that maximise the use of renewable energy from the sun with solar pool heating before activating conventional forms of heating, such as a heat pump or gas heater.

Features such as plug-in sensors for easy installation and intuitive set-up and programmable lifestyle settings make it easy for pool builders to install.

Alternatively, Waterco’s ChemfloPlus precisely controls set levels of sanitiser and pH balance in your pool using information from its inline sensors. This means the swimming environment is at its safest, with no excess chemicals used.

The ChemfloPlus offers automatic maintenance of chlorine levels throughout periods of high usage and seasonal fluctuations, giving you more stable, balanced water with fewer issues.

The LCD display shows you the condition of your pool water, and tells you what actions are programmed to fix any issues. The ChemfloPlus is designed to allow it the option of controlling a salt water chlorinator, in addition to pool lights, filters, pumps, in floor cleaning and more.

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